Safe Ways To Remove Ear Wax

August 20, 2009

cotton_budsDo you have the habit of putting ear swabs into yours ears everyday? If your answer is yes, you should read on before it is too late!

People obsessed with hygiene often put their little fingers or cotton buds or swabs in to their ears as a pretext to remove ear wax. This is more a habit than hygiene as they tend to do this every other day while watching TV or reading. To my shock, I have seen people who, absentmindedly, try to insert the bend of a safety pin into their ears. In my childhood, I remember my mother occasionally cleaning my ears with the soft edge of my wet bath towel while my father used a curette.

We all know that though some ENTs are of the opinion that you need not remove ear wax at home, we do need to get rid of some of it for good hearing and to prevent blockage. So, what is the safest way to remove ear wax regularly?

First of all, ear wax, though it may seem to be, is not a yucky thing. More ear wax means more protection and for the very same reason you don’t have to remove the whole of it. Parents of lit tle children need to understand that they have to remove the ear wax only if causes any problem or blockage in the young ones. In the little ones, the ear canal is very sensitive and demands utmost caution while handling it. So often, we forget to keep little children protected from loud and harsh noises. Loud noises can damage the fine hairs inside the ears which help hearing and fight off infection.

  • Do not use cotton swabs to clean your ears. Swabs may push back wax further inside causing wax build up. Ears can clean themselves naturally. But, do look for abnormal build up of wax or hard wax.
  • Do not poke your ears with any object.
  • Make sure that your child wears earplugs while swimming.
  • Give your little one a bath with shower cap on.
  • Do not expose babies and little children to loud noises. Do not allow them the use of earphones. No IPods or MP3 players. The fine hairs which help the process of hearing can be damaged if they are exposed so.

How To Remove Wax

  1. As a regular option, gently remove what is seen from outside with a warm wet washcloth.
  2. The best option before removing your child’s ear wax is to consult your doctor. With your doctor’s approval you may try to soften it at home. Drop a few drops of baby oil or olive oil into the child’s ear with an eye dropper. Wait for a couple of days. Then using a three-ounce rubber bulb syringe squirt warm water into the ear. Then make your child tilt its head and let the water drain out. Dry the ears completely or you risk infection.
  3. Adults can use hydrogen peroxide to clean their ears. Lean on to a side. Pour a a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear with a Q-tip. Keep it inside your ears for a few seconds. Then tilt your head and the wax will drain off with the solution. Loose wax can be removed with your Q-tip/swabs and paper towel. Be gentle and do not remove all of your ear wax. If you have ear pain or any other medical condition consult your doctor before wax removal at home.
  4. Pour two or three drops of glycerin into the ear twice a day for three days to soften ear wax. Try getting some water inside while in the shower. Drain it out and dry it.
  5. Or even better go to your doctor and let the doctor decide whether you need to remove wax or not.

Keep your ears dry to avoid bacterial infection. Use an Ayurvedic remedy to relieve ear ache associated with excessive ear wax while supporting ear clarity and health .

-Aparna K V

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